Production Department Update: Guest Boats

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If you have been following our production department updates you will know that our production team has been working on making improvements to our fleet of guest boats. With most of the major carpentry completed painting is underway.

Painting is a four step process using marine grade paints that not only make the boats look beautiful but are important for waterproofing and sealing the wood and fiberglass. The first step is sanding to remove a years worth of built-up dirt, algae, barnacles and chipping paint. Next, minor dents and dings are patched and filled with a polyester resin based wood bondo.

New wood sections of a guest patched and prepped for paint.

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After the surface is prepped and smoothed it is cleaned. Then an epoxy based primer coat is applied. The last step in the process is to finish painting.

A guest boat that has been primed with an epoxy primer awaits finish painting.

There are four different paints in this step; most of the exterior of each boat gets painted with black yacht enamel and the gunwales are accented in red. The interior of the boats get several coats of exterior grade acrylic paint while the underside up to just above water-line gets painted with a marine anti-fouling paint. The anti-fouling paint contains copper which is naturally anti-microbial and will lessen the build-up of barnacle growth on the boat.

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Here some more photos from the production shop.

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I've worked at WaterFire since 2003. For the first 9 years of my career here I worked in the Production Shop learning all of the details that go into the physical production of the event. I have recently transitioned to role of managing WaterFire's social media and web presence. I find it very rewarding working to increase engagement with our supporters both locally and globally.

1 thought on “Production Department Update: Guest Boats”

  1. Citing the steps of the process in painting the boat, I can see that the paint would last longer. I can say that it turned out to be beautiful and I’m sure that the wood and fiberglass is already waterproof and sealed after the process.

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